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Intricate by Boadicea

Let`s get dirty: Intricate by Boadicea The Victorious

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Intricate by Boadicea

Oh. My. God. What is this smell? Is this what dying smell like? Seriously, I must open the window first to inhale some fresh air and I`ll be back soon for the review.

After an hour or so.

I managed to survive, it`s ok, life is beautiful again. Avène (that French multiporpuse spray with thermal spring water) does wonders as always when I need to refresh a bit my face…and mind. Me and my typical curiosity: I felt brave and wanted to take a break from good (or better said safe) floral and oriental scents which I adore the most and to investigate the avant-garde of niche perfumery.

Because Intricate IS the olfactory definition of avant-garde.

This pure perfume is included in the Courage Collection of the British house Boadicea The Victorious. Their official description speaks about bold and triumphant blends with daring personalities that reveal themselves in a surprising manner, and well, they do keep their promisses.

I cannot compare Intricate to any other perfume I know. It`s a completly new experience for me and I must say not many perfumes I`ve tested until now had such an impact on my nose, body and mind. As I applied two sprays on my wrists was like opening the Pandora`s box. It felt as I was dancing a rumba with a skunk, or better said it smelled like a sweaty man who sholves horse shit in the snow then forgets to wash for thirty and half days. Spraying Intricate was like releasing a golden-eyed beast with lustruous black fur that covers it`s strong musculature, giving me shivers down my spine. Is so powerfull that I cannot smell anything around me right now. Not even the good coffee near me.

At first it is so pungent green, but not herbal green, more like a strong wood essence of pine/cedar maybe, that resembles a bit the odor of turpentine. Strong and fierce it starts. It brings back memories from my childhood…yes, when my father fixed something at the car, working with some oils or gasoline. When he came back in the house he used lots of soap to clean his hands but they still smelled of gasoline. We all like I presume all sorts of bizzare odors not only just the commonly accepted as pleasant ones, so yes, there is hope one can find Intricate great right from the start. But for me, the earthy-oily and green mixture is disturbing and makes me a bit dizzy because it`s too intense and oh! so powerful.

It evolves a lot but with no speed. The precious oud makes an entrance sometime later acompanied by an animal note which rises it`s feroceous aspect to a spectacular level. Now the woody-animalic overlaps the green-oilyness creating an intricate pattern of nuances. This stuff is amazing!

After another six hours…

Boadicea Intricate just loooves to stay on my skin. It came as a storm into my life not showing any intetion to leave or at least to become a little softer. It is my bodyguard and nobody dares to come close to me anymore :))). Not to mention that I`ll probably still feel haunted by it`s ghost even after it will eventually disappear from skin. That`s a true creative scent which makes a huge impression on everybody I gave the sample to try, it is masculine to the moon and back, has character, spirit and power and I`m firmly convinced we DO need this kind of works of art in perfumery, otherwise everything will be too avarage and safe.

I cannot imagine but a warrior wearing Intricate. Do you feel like one?


Hi, my name is Raluca! I am born in Romania and live in Switzerland for many years. I love perfumes since I was a little girl and now I am an avid perfume collector and totally dedicated to the amazing world of essences. I am always looking for something new and interesting to discover and among my personal preferences are the delicate and powdery notes, but also some bold orientals. I admire both clasic and niche fragrances with a special twist in them. A good perfume for me should be able to put me in a special mood, to complete and inspire me…things I need when I paint or do photography, my other two passions.

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